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There has been a continual expansion in aquaculture, such that total production is fast approaching that of wild-caught fisheries. Yet the expansion is marred by continued problems of disease. New pathogens emerge, and others become associated with new conditions. Some of these pathogens become well established, and develop into major killers of aquatic species.
Diagnosis and Control of Diseases of Fish and Shellfish focuses on the diagnosis and control of diseases of fish and shellfish, notably those affecting aquaculture. Divided into 12 chapters, the book discusses the range of bacterial, viral and parasitic pathogens, their trends, emerging problems, and the relative significance to aquaculture. Developments in diagnostics and disease management, including the widespread use of serological and molecular methods, are presented. Application/dose and mode of action of prebiotics, probiotics and medicinal plant products used to control disease are examined, as well as the management and hygiene precautions that can be taken to prevent/control the spread of disease.
This book will be a valuable resource for researchers, students, diagnosticians, veterinarians, fish pathologists and microbiologists concerned with the management of diseases of fish and shellfish.
List of Contributors xiii
1 Introduction 1
2 Bacterial Diagnosis and Control in Fish and Shellfish 5
3 Complexities of Diagnostics of Viruses Affecting Farmed Aquatic Species 19
4 Parasitic Diseases in Aquaculture: Their Biology, Diagnosis and Control 37
5 Modern Methods of Diagnosis 109
6 Immunostimulant Diets and Oral Vaccination In Fish 147
7 Prebiotics and Synbiotics 185
8 Probiotics for Disease Control in Aquaculture 189
9 Use of Medicinal Plants in Aquaculture 223
10 Antibiotics and Disinfectants 263
11 Management Techniques and Disease Control 279
12 Conclusions 283